This school year, let's make it easier to plan for healthy school lunches.
To help parents prepare, Fidelis Care has partnered with television personality and lifestyle expert Evette Rios to create Lunchology: The Basics of Health Lunches. Born in Brooklyn to Puerto Rican parents, Evette has appeared on shows like the CW’s “Dream Quest with Evette Rios,” Z Living’s “Recipe Rehab,” and ABC’s “The Chew.” Lunchology has healthy, easy-to-make lunch recipes.
Packing lunch a couple times a week can be an easy and healthy alternative with Lunchology’s recipes. Preparing and making lunch can also give parents and children a chance to bond while spending quality time together. Bringing lunch to school also has other benefits:
It’s More Affordable
Preparing lunch made from groceries bought in bulk usually costs less than buying prepackaged lunches or lunch from a school cafeteria. For families with more than one child, the savings can be even higher. Your savings can be put to use in many other ways.
When you pack your children’s lunch, you are taking control and making sure your children get all the nutrients they need. You can create a lunch drawer and fill it with bags of pre-measured snacks bought in bulk, like healthy cereal, crackers, nuts, and dried fruit. You can also add pesto, cheese, carrots, and last night’s leftover chicken to a whole-wheat tortilla to make a chicken wrap. More detailed recipes and tips are available on our Lunchology webpage.
It Creates Long-Term Healthy Habits
Children who grow up learning about good nutrition are more likely to have healthy eating habits as they get older. And if they’re helping you make and pack the food every day, it teaches them some important life skills they will need to become healthy adults. When you teach your child about healthy food choices as they learn to cook, you are empowering them to make good health decisions in the future.
It Maintains Cultural Heritage
Food is an important part of culture. Packing lunch for your children not only teaches healthy eating, but it can also teach them about their cultural heritage. When you pack some tamales, some ropa vieja, empanadas, or even mole for your children’s lunch, they taste the same flavors you did when you were growing up.
Making and packing children’s school lunches can be a healthy, affordable option for parents. Preparing lunch with your children just a couple times a week can teach them about healthy eating and their cultural heritage, and it helps parents ensure their kids are eating healthy.
For more recipes and tips, visit fideliscare.org/Lunchology, Lunchology en Espanol, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Look for the hashtag #Lunchology.